UK property market shows signs of life

UK Property Market Is Still Alive & Well

The overall number of properties ‘Sold’ in November 2011 was up +1.4% compared to November 2010 and up +0.1% against November 2009.

November has seen the UK’s residential property market start its traditional seasonal decline according to data released from the Agency Express Property Activity Index.

But whilst month on month properties nationally achieving ‘Sold’ status in November were down -7.1% on October 2011 and the number of new ‘For Sale’ listings recorded were down, by -11.8%, it was the second smallest November drop since the Index began in 2007.

Encouragingly, the overall number of properties ‘Sold’ in November 2011 was also up +1.4% compared to November 2010 and up +0.1% against November 2009.

Regionally, there were some positive signs with four of the twelve regions bucking the seasonal trend and showing positive figures for the number of properties ‘Sold’ in November against the previous month.

The North East topped the hot-spots up +18.8% on October, followed by the South West up +15.7% and Scotland up +12.0%.

When it came to the regional ‘not-so-hot-spots’ for November, West Midlands was bottom of the table with a drop in the number of properties ‘Sold’ down -15.9%, the South East was down -15.1% and the North West was down -15.0%.

The seasonal decline was more evident in the number of new ‘For Sale’ listings recorded in November against October, with only one region generating positive month on month figures, (which was London) up +7.8%.

At the other end of the table the regional ‘not-so-hot-spots’ for new ‘For Sale’ listings were Central, down -26.9%, Wales down -25.7% and Scotland down -23.9%.

Disappointingly, the number of ‘For Sale’ listings in November 2011 were also down -1.1% on the same month in 2010 but up +11.0% on November 2009.

A good number of individual cities bucked the seasonal trend and experienced increases in month on month house sales compared to October.

Nottingham topped the ‘hot-spots’ with an increase in properties ‘Sold’ in November, up +27.0%, followed by Newcastle up +25.3% and Colchester up +24.2%.

At the opposite end, the cities recording the greatest decline in month on month properties ‘Sold’ in November were Coventry down -58.8%, Southampton down -42.3% and Norwich down -27.4%.

There was a similar picture for individual cities when it came to New ‘For Sale’ activity in November compared to October.

Colchester topped the charts with a month on month increase of +13.7%, London up +7.8% and Brighton up +5.1%. Coventry saw the greatest monthly decline in new ‘For Sale’ listings compared to October, down -46.6%, with Bristol down -45.9% and Southampton down -39.2%.

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